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Beware the Ides of March.
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From: dark_wolfe Date: March 15th, 2002 10:49 am (UTC) (Link)
From: ex_mrflagg Date: March 15th, 2002 11:03 am (UTC) (Link)

Lenten and New Year's Celebrations in March

MARTIUS (March), the Roman month devoted to and named after the god of war, Mars, was so filled with celebrations that there was a special day in it to rest from the festivities. It wasn't exactly like a month with nothing but weekends. There were happy occasions, but there were also fasts and a day for bloodletting. There was even a parade of pines or palms. If it's beginning to sound slightly familiar, it should. Easter and Lenten activities bear striking similarities with the first month of the (pre-Julian calendar) year.

Ides of March
Most of us are familiar with March as the month with the ominous soothsayer's warning to Gaius Julius Caesar about the Ides. Perhaps Caesar should have been out enjoying a picnic to honor the goddess Anna Perenna. Her celebration was at the first full moon of the new year -- by definition, the Ides of March. Public and private sacrifices were offered in her sacred grove on the Via Flaminia.

jarrett From: jarrett Date: March 15th, 2002 11:25 am (UTC) (Link)
It's a quote from Julius Caesar. Didn't you take Brit Lit??

Caesar Who is it in the press that calls on me?
I hear a tongue shriller than all the music
Cry "Caesar!" Speak. Caesar is turned to hear.
Soothsayer Beware the ides of March.
Caesar What man is that?
Brutus A soothsayer bids you beware the ides of March.
Caesar Set him before me; let me see his face.
Cassius Fellow, come from the throng; look upon Caesar.
Caesar What say'st thou to me now? Speak once again.
Soothsayer Beware the ides of March.
Caesar He is a dreamer. Let us leave him. Pass.
(Julius Caesar 1.2.15-24)

Back in the Roman days the calendar didn't have numbers. They just had three named days. The Kalends fell on the 1st, the Nones on the 5th or 7th (depending on the month), and the Ides comes eight days after the Nones. So, when the prophet tells Caesar to beware the Ides of March, he means watch your back on March 15th.

When it comes around to tax time you'll hear a lot of local newscasters saying to beware the Ides of April. But that actually means April 13th.

Spread the knowledge.
From: dark_wolfe Date: March 15th, 2002 12:49 pm (UTC) (Link)


OK yea, I've heard that before--didn't know what it meant. Didn't take Brit Lit (that was the "honors" lit class at my HS, I was in the one just below it...sigh...)

[wishing I could remember a good shakespeare quote...]
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